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Neighbor: We couldn't save Connor, it was too late

A demolition crew tears down a home destroyed by fire in Troy. A demolition crew tears down a home destroyed by fire in Troy. | Photo: Kumi Tucker / WNYT.

Kumi Tucker & WNYT Staff
Updated: April 27, 2021 09:42 AM
Created: April 26, 2021 12:52 PM

TROY - The investigation continues into a Troy fire that killed a young child.

When the flames erupted in South Troy before daybreak Sunday morning, most of the people inside four burning buildings were sound asleep, but then, suddenly, came a rude and frightening awakening.

"I just heard a big boom and we really didn't think nothing of it," said Kristen Davis, who escaped the burning building with just the clothes on her back.

Davis was still hoarse after the life-changing horror she and others lived through.

"My girlfriend peaked her head out the window and seen the house on fire," Davis recalled, "We just jumped up and got everybody up. The main focus was just to get everybody up, but we just couldn't save Connor. It was just too late. It was too much."

Even with the raging inferno rapidly consuming the century old wooden structures, knowing that a child was trapped inside, at least on neighbor tried to save him.

"My daughter tried to go in and save the baby and a gentleman turned around and literally flung my daughter and said the baby is dead," Dori Lamere, who lives across the street from the fire scene, recalled, "We knew the baby wasn't dead because so many people heard the baby yelling."

A GoFundMe page has been established for 7-year old Connor White. the social media post mentions his family "was not financially prepared for the unexpected event, and any amount will give him the memorial service he deserves."

Meanwhile, Lamere's daughter is left with deep emotional scars.

"My daughter is getting sick all night and crying," Lamere says, "She keeps hearing the baby."

Lamere is one of several people spearheading the effort to collect items to help fire victims get back on their feet. She says two truck loads of items were dropped off at her home Monday morning.

Firefighters found heavy fire on the first floor and heard reports of a person trapped inside. The flames were intense as smoke filled the block. Firefighters called in help from other departments in the area.

The Red Cross says they’re helping 11 adults and nine kids after the fire.

There is still no word on a cause. Police were going door-to-door asking nearby residents for any information.

Hear one of the people affected recall what it was like as they tried to escape the flames by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.

MORE INFORMATION: GoFundMe: Families of 4th Street fire

Here's a list of what's needed:

Men’s clothing:

  • Medium
  • Large
  • X-Large

Men’s pants:

  • 32
  • 36 - 38

Men’s shoes:

  • 7
  • 9.5
  • 10.5

Women’s clothing:

  • Large
  • Sizes 12 - 14

Women’s shoes:

  • 7
  • 8.5

Boys clothing:

  • 3T - 4T
  • 14 - 16

Girls clothing:

  • 3T
  • 7
  • 10-12

Other needs:

  • Luggage / bags to carry and store things
  • Gift cards for food / delivery / grocery stores

Drop donations off:

  • 453 Madison St (South Troy)
  • 1504 Massachusetts Ave (Frear Park)


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